Japan’s Invisible Train

Japan'sTrains aren’t just considered to be a luxury in Japan, but a necessity. They are crucial to get around this country. Japan is known for its trains, with many of them breaking records and offering unique designs never before seen. There is a new train, set to debut in 2018 and it has many people in awe as it’s something that no one has seen before. Known as the “invisible train” here’s what we know about it so far.

The Design

This train was designed by Kazuyo Sejima. While the train isn’t actually invisible, it does look that way with its semi-reflective tape and transparent materials that will blend into the scenery that the train is passing. It will be similar to a mirror and will create a sort of illusion as the train will reflect whatever is surrounding it. The diversity of the materials allows for the train to look nearly invisible no matter if it’s going through a countryside or large city. The train is expected to go on a 111-mile route so it’s crucial that it’s able to adapt to a variety of scenery.

The Inside

Despite the outside of the train being very unique in design, the inside won’t be. The goal is for passengers to feel comfortable. Sejima wants them to feel like they are at home in their living room. He hopes that they will want to ride the train again not only for its uniqueness, but for the comfortable ride and the ability to just relax despite the high speed it is going.

Other Trains

Japan has quite a few trains that have made the news. Not only do they have many high speed trains, they also debuted the Magnetic Levitation train in 2015. This train hovers around 10 centimeters above the track and set a world record for going 375 miles an hour.

The invisible train is being built in part to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Seibu Railway. The company has been known for the way it uses light and space in other projects so this project isn’t that far out there for a company like this one. This train will travel from parts of Tokyo to Chichibu. It will be interesting to see what else the designer comes up with in the future. Who knows, if this train is a hit, maybe it will gain popularity in other countries, including the United States.

 

Hotels For Those That Love Chocolate And Sweets

chocolate-hotelsCandy isn’t just meant to be enjoyed at home. You can even indulge in it while on vacation. Forget about leaving your hotel to get a chocolate fix! The following hotels are perfect for those that love chocolate and sweets. You just might never want to leave!

The Peninsula In Chicago

This hotel was recently renovated and has partnered with Keys To The City which allows guests to not only learn about Chicago, but enjoy some chocolate as well. Guests can go on a tour of the Chocolate Temple Factor. There they can learn a little about how chocolate is made and sample some treats too. The hotel also offers a chocolate bar on the weekend called Chocolate at the Pen. It includes everything from chocolate martinis to chocolate desserts.

Boucan By Hotel Chocolate, St. Lucia

This estate is actually located at a former chocolate plantation. Guests can participate in the Tree-To-Bar experience. Basically this is an interactive experience to where they can select their very own cacao pods and learn how to make chocolate. This experience might just give you a new appreciation of what actually goes into making a chocolate bar! Guests can also indulge in chocolate experiences at the spa onsite like the cacao and banana mask and cacao oil massage. At the restaurant there are also chocolate inspired drinks as well.

Magic Castle Hotel, Hollywood

This hotel is known for not only it’s amenities, but it’s sweets. Looking for a candy fix in the middle of the night? Head on over to the snack bar! Guests can enjoy an unlimited amount of snacks from the snack bar that is open 24 hours a day. These snacks include everything from candies to drinks. The best part is that these snacks are free. If you are looking for another sweet treat, the Susina Bakery has a variety of items to get you that sugar fix that you need.

The Hotel Hershey, Pennsylvania

Hershey, Pennsylvania is known for its chocolate. This hotel really takes advantage of that with all of its chocolate offerings. At Hotel Hershey you can try everything from their signature drink, the Hershey’s Kisses Chocolate Martini, to the wine and chocolate gift baskets. Don’t forget to head on over to the spa where you can indulge in a chocolate bath or chocolate fondue body wrap. After you are done, head on over to Hershey Park, that’s just a short drive away.

 

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